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Composer Profile: Jules Massenet, The Chameleon Composer
Jules Massenet, born on May 12, 1842, is arguably the chameleon of all opera composers, his style evolving to suit the text rather than imposing a specific musical style to every work. This ability makes him, for many, the greatest French composer of opera to ever live. He studied under Ambroise Thomas in his youth, won the country’s top musical prize in composition and then went on to put together…
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Metropolitan Opera 2017-18 Preview: ‘Cendrillon’ To Become 9th Massenet Met Premiere; Here Are the Others
The Metropolitan Opera is slated for its latest premiere this week when it showcases Massenet’s “Cendrillon.” The opera, which is based on the tale of Cinderella will star Joyce DiDonato and is set to run between April 12 and May 11. The opera will also feature Alice Coote, Stephanie Blythe, Kathleen Kim, Laurent Naouri, all under the musical direction of Bertrand de Billy. In sum, this will be the eighth…
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The 14 Greatest Love Duets In Opera
It’s Valentine’s Day, the day to cherish a significant other. Last year we took a cynical look at the holiday, but not this year. Opera is rife with love, almost every single plot in every single work has some communion of two persons in that blissful word. In fact, love in opera has incited just as many battles and tension as anything else. But love has also inspired some of…
Opera For Beginners
Opera Profile: Massenet’s Iconic ‘Manon’
Massenet composed legions of operas. But “Manon” remains the most renowned of his works, presenting frequently all around the world to this very day. The opera had its world premiere on Jan. 19, 1884, and has never left the stage. Based on the Abbé Prévost’s famed novel from 1731, the opera takes liberties with the material, though the core of story, the relationship between the titular character and her lover…
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San Francisco Opera 2017-18 Review – Manon: Michael Fabiano & Ellie Dehn Lead Solid Production of Massenet Masterwork
When you come right down to it – French Grand Opera – is very grand. A large canvas, huge sets, wide-ranging costumes, display of various kinds, sweeping music, on occasion, and musical textures that vary and offer range of interest  – plus human beings, who, set into this panorama – resume their rightful size: ordinary. What? We control our own destiny? Not a chance. In German opera, and, often in…
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Artist of the Week: Ellie Dehn Makes Role Debut as ‘Manon’
It will be a fun week for Ellie Dehn. A few months ago, soprano Nadine Sierra was slated to be the artist to lead the San Francisco Opera’s new production of “Manon.” But Sierra pulled out of the role and Dehn was called upon to take the torch of one of the hardest roles in the lyric soprano repertoire. It will also be Dehn’s first run of performances in the…
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Opera Santa Barbara Kicks Off Season with ‘Manon’
Opera Santa Barbara kicks off its 2017-18 season with Massenet’s “Manon” on Nov. 3, 2017, with an additional showcase two days later on Nov. 5. Acclaimed soprano Sarah Coburn will star in the title role while tenor Harold Meers will appear as her lover Des Grieux. The cast will also include baritone Alex DeSocio as Lescaut, bass-baritone Colin Ramsey as Le Comte des Grieux, and tenor Benjamin Brecher as Guillot…
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Nadine Sierra Out, Ellie Dehn In For San Francisco’s 2017-18 ‘Manon’ Production With Michael Fabiano
No more Nadine Sierra at San Francisco Opera next season. Instead, soprano Ellie Dehn will replace the recent Richard Tucker Award winner in next season’s production of “Manon.” The official announcement was made on Monday, indicating that Dehn would sing all six performances of the run which kicks off on Nov. 5, 2017 and ends on Nov. 22, 2017. According to the announcements, Sierra found it difficult to leave the…
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On This Day: 5 Essential Roles in Vittorio Grigolo’s Career
Vittorio Grigolo is one of the most acclaimed tenors of his generation and has already been hailed as the successor to Luciano Pavarotti, his greatest qualities including his rampant energy and charisma on stage. On Feb. 19 Grigolo celebrates his 40th birthday and as a result OperaWire takes a look at some his most acclaimed roles The Duke in "Rigoletto" Vittorio Grigolo has toured this Verdi masterpiece around the world. Most notably,…
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Valentine’s Day 2017: Let’s Look At Opera’s Most Disastrous Romances
It’s Valentine’s Day, a momentous occasion to celebrate love and romance. Romance is at the heart of opera with the art forms pull coming from our connection with beautiful love affairs. Most everyone melts at Rodolfo and Mimì’s blooming love in “La Bohème” or Alfredo and Violetta’s in “La Traviata.” We admire the sacrifice of Roméo and Juliette or even Tristan and Isolde. But not all love affairs are made…